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Does an amber roof strobe scratch paint

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by TJDMAX, Oct 3, 2005.


    TJDMAX Junior Member
    Messages: 15

    I'm new to plowing. I was looking for a good price on a magnetic mount rotating amber roof light. Do they scratch the roof paint? I only plan on doing about four driveways.
  2. PremierLand

    PremierLand PlowSite.com Addict
    from detroit
    Messages: 1,572

    i had one on my old ford, and yes it strached the roof paint. I am mounting mine on my backrack when I get it.
  3. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    Go to a sign shop and get a piece of magnetic backing as big as the whole light. Put a heavy coat of wax on the area and lay that piece of magnetic on there for a few days before putting the light on. Wont scratch the paint and light still comes on and off for the car wash.
  4. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,302

    We own a towing business as well. We have this problem with the magnetic "tow lights" we have to use on towed vehicles. We simply put a sheet of paper down first and set the light on top of it. It keeps the light from scratching without losing it's grip, and you can just throw it away when done.
  5. Winter Land Man

    Winter Land Man Senior Member
    Messages: 723

    The last light I bought has a material on the bottom, like cotton or something, to prevent it from scratching. I've left the light on the truck for over a year and not one scratch, even if I slide it across the roof!
  6. CamLand

    CamLand Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    What I've used is duct tape around the magnets never a problem...
  7. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Yes they do hurt the paint, if your only doing a couple driveways I would'nt even worry about putting a light on the truck..
  8. NJ Plowman

    NJ Plowman Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    Go to a sign shop and get a 4" square piece of scrap 7mil vinyl. They should give it to you for nothing. You could even get a color that matches your truck. Put it on the roof and your light will hold perfectly. We have been doing this for years and when you are ready to take the light off for the summer, you just peel off the vinyl. No sticky residue like duct tape leaves! :drinkup:

    TRUE TURF LAWN Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    i never had that problem with my light.
  10. MR PLOW

    MR PLOW Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    Amber Lights

    I have a magnetic amber light on my dodge and never had a problem
    My light came with a piece of rubber on the magnet and I have
    been using it for the last 2 years.
  11. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    the newer magnetic lights have rubber suction cups over the magnets, so they do not scratch. I would agree that if only doing 4 drives the light is not necessary. i have the federal signal dual halogens with mirror in the center and it has been awesome. very practical for what i use it for.